Nov 3, 2013

Black Flame

Black Flame (CAN, JP, US, INT)

Written by: Gerelchimeg Blackcrane

Translated by: Anna Holmwood

Published by: Groundwood Books

Published on: April 30, 2013

Ages: 11+

Provided by the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

Is it November already? Where did October go? I have been massively busy at work, and then went on a little crafty kick, making my own Halloween costume and then house painting. That means neglecting you, dear blog.

This book was the perfect one to get me back in the blogging game. It's a book about a massive but loving Tibetan mastiff who journeys across the mountains of Tibet, the open plains of Mongolia, and even the cities of China in search of a home.

A protagonist who cannot even speak - sounds like it could be boring premise. But it is just the opposite. Kelsang, the dog, provides such insight into both the high and low points of humanity. He sees the people who love, the people who just don't care, and the people who treat others (human and canine) badly with clear insight. Kelsang also provides love to those who love him back. You'll want to just bury your hands in his giant mane.

Despite being so close to China, Tibet, and Mongolia, I don't know as much about them as I should. This book whet my appetite and I would love to learn more. Maybe someday I'll stay in a ger in Mongolia and watch an adventurous mastiff like Kelsang wander by.

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